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A few dozen boxes of canned goods were distributed immediately before and after Christmas, free of charge to recipients who needed them, thanks to the Columbia Central Labor Council(CLC).  

Columbia CLC participation in the 2017 Columbia Christmas Parade came off as a success according to CLC President Sandy Squirewell and SC AFL-CIO Pres.

(Columbia, October) Healthcare and Labor were among the issues discussed during the Our Revolution Fall Conference.

The conference was attended by approximately 150 people, including people affiliated with the SC AFL-CIO as well as candidates who they have endorsed. 

The event drew people from all over South Carolina but primarily from the Midlands.

SC AFL-CIO President Erin McKee was among the 30+ attendees present for the Fall Conference of the SC Progressive Network.  The event was held over a two-day period at the Santee State Park.  

Also attending, President-emeritus Donna Dewitt and Greater Columbia Central Labor Council Sec.-Treas. William Christopher, as well as several other members of the National Writer's Union.

The annual convention of the South Carolina AFL-CIO will be held September 7th-9th in Georgetown.  
Speakers will include Mark Dudzic with The Labor Campaign for Single Payer who will speak in support of a single-payer health care system.  Go to laborforsinglepayer.org.
Mike Morrill with Progress South in Columbia is another confirmed speaker.  That organization's website is www.progresssouth.net.

Around a dozen protestors carried signs reading "Immigrants Built this Country," "Deport Trump Not Immigrants," etc. during a lunchtime protest May 1st, International Workers' Day.  Some signs were in Spanish with statements like "You Are Not Alone."  The event was held in front of Encore Boats, a Lexington County manufacturer who terminated 21 employees after the workers participated in the Immigrants No-Show Day Feb. 16th.  Those 21 were among only a hundred who were fired nationwide following the event.  

More than a thousand protestors participated in the post-inaugural Women's Day of Action Rally which was combined with the Progressive Network's Stand Up Rally in Columbia(1-21-17).  

The list of speakers included Leonard Riley with the ILA Local 1422 out of Charleston.  The Longshoremen were well-represented at the event.  Some of the union members included representatives of SMART, CWA, IATSE, ARA, NNU and NWU.  

One of the breakout sessions following an organizing summit was focused on labor.

The Annual King Day at the Dome was well attended in Columbia.  

Participating in the preceding march down Main Street were members of the SC AFL, the Columbia CLC, the SC Peace Resource Center and SC Progressive Network.

The program featured a long list of speakers on progressive issues, including SC Legal Justice Center Dir. Sue Berkowitz, who spoke against predatory lending, and SC ACLU Dir. Shaundra Young Scott who addressed the need for voting rights.

The middle class has been on a steady slide for decades. Signs of this slide are all around us: anemic wage growth, historic income inequality, chronic unemployment and underemployment and, not coincidentally, the steady erosion of workers’ freedom to join unions and bargain for fair wages and benefits. At the same time, American households are facing rising costs that far outpace their stagnant wages.

To Washington, D.C. insiders, this month’s budget negotiations are just the latest partisan exercise in a series of manufactured crises that too often result in short-term solutions. But for those who live and work outside of the Beltway bubble, much more is at stake.

What happens in the coming days has the potential to fundamentally shift the balance of power in the workplace. Nothing less than the right to dream, live, work and retire in security is on the table as Congress faces key decisions and deadlines.